78th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards 2006 took place on 5 March 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. It was the 78th Annual Academy Awards. In the year of award films of the previous year are always excellent, in this case, the films of the year 2005.


As the winner previously had been determined already, the U.S. director Robert Altman and the visual effects expert Gary Demos. Altman was unsuccessfully nominated seven times for an Academy Award and was honored regular this year for his creative work with the honorary Oscar. Gary Demos is two-time winner of the Scientific and Technical Awards, and winner of a Technical Achievement Awards and was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer Award.

Following the announcement of nominations on 31 January 2006 by Sid Ganis, president of the Academy, and actress Mira Sorvino, was Ang Lee's drama Brokeback Mountain with eight nominations as the big favorite for the 78th Academy Awards. The independent film about the love story of two gay cowboys had been awarded in advance with the Golden Globe Award and the British Academy Film Awards ( BAFTA ). In the Oscar night but Brokeback Mountain could not meet his favorite status. Although the film three Academy Awards won in the categories of Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay, the trophy for Best Picture but lost to Paul Haggis's ensemble film Crash, which was awarded Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing in the categories. This is the worst result since 1976, when John G. Avildsens boxer Rocky Drama at ten nominations could also reap Best Picture of the year only three wins. Also, on three won awards came Peter Jackson's adventure movie King Kong and Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha novel adaptation, which could mainly points in the technical categories. In the Best Actor category could with Philip Seymour Hoffman ( Capote ), Reese Witherspoon ( Walk the Line ), George Clooney ( Syriana ) and Rachel Weisz ( The Constant Gardener ) exactly enforce the actor, who had been traded in advance as favorites and other major film awards, including the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, had largely also triumphed.

Losers of the night were George Clooney's acclaimed political drama Good Night, and Good Luck. and Steven Spielberg's controversial production recorded Munich, which, despite six and five nominations were able to prevail against the competition ( including in the categories of Best Picture and Director ) does not. The Austrian Hubert Sauper, who was nominated with Darwin 's Nightmare for the best documentary, had the French contribution left the Penguins the price. Even the German candidate was not a success at the 78th Academy Awards. Ulrike Grote could for her short film Runaway, which had a Student Oscar introduced her in 2005, to accept a prize. Marc Rothemund's many award-winning drama Sophie Scholl - The Final Days had to be nominated as best foreign production, beaten by the South African drama Tsotsi. For South Africa, it was the first win in this category. Even the German Michael Ohoven, nominated as one of the producers of Capote, was not included in the award. As the best animated film Wallace & Gromit has been awarded on the hunt for the giant rabbit. His plasticine protagonist, a quirky inventor and his clever dog who always helps his owner when needed out of trouble, Been through Wallace & Gromit - All cheese as well as the 1993 and 1996 Oscars award-winning animated short films Wallace & Gromit - The Techno trousers and Wallace & Gromit - known under sheep.

The director of the ceremony, Louis J. Horvitz was, " Variety, music or comedy show directed by a " recognized for his work as a director at the award ceremony on 27 August 2006, an Emmy in the category.


As in 2005, the host of the ceremony was a freshman. It was chaired by the time 44 -year-old Late Night Talker Jon Stewart. At the beginning of the ceremony known as a cutaway gag was shown in which some of the earlier presenters ( Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman and Mel Gibson ) rejected a re- moderation. Furthermore, were to be seen in this short film also Halle Berry and George Clooney.

Musical Director

As musical director, and thus acted as a conductor of the orchestra this year, the composer Bill Conti, who was the 18th time the Academy Awards Orchestra conducted it. Conti itself has so far received an Oscar in the category Original Score for " The Right Stuff " and two other nominations in the category of Original Song ( " Gonna Fly Now " and " For Your Eyes Only ").

Live performances

  • Dolly Parton - " Travelin ' Thru" (from: Transamerica )
  • Kathleen "Bird" York - " In the Deep " (from: Crash )
  • Itzhak Perlman - pieces from the soundtracks of the best in the category Film Music ( Original Score ) nominated films


During the Academy Awards several movies were recorded, which were received on various aspects of film history. Presented these were from:

The film contribution to the memory of the deceased filmmakers of the previous year ( In Memoriam ) presented George Clooney.

Winners and nominees

Best Picture

Presented by Jack Nicholson

LA Crash (Crash ) - Paul Haggis, Cathy Schulman


Presented by Tom Hanks

Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain


Presented by Hilary Swank

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Leading lady

Presented by Jamie Foxx

Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line

Supporting Actor

Presented by Nicole Kidman

George Clooney - Syriana

Supporting Actress

Presented by Morgan Freeman

Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener ( The Constant Gardener )

Animated Film

Presented by Reese Witherspoon

Wallace & Gromit - In Pursuit of the Were-Rabbit ( Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were- Rabbit) - Director: Steve Box, Nick Park


Presented by Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves

Memoirs of a Geisha ( Memoirs of a Geisha ) - John Myhre


Presented by John Travolta

Dion Beebe - Memoirs of a Geisha ( Memoirs of a Geisha )

Costume Design

Presented by Jennifer Aniston

Memoirs of a Geisha ( Memoirs of a Geisha ) - Colleen Atwood

Documentary ( long form )

Presented by Charlize Theron

March of the Penguins (La marche de l' empereur ) - Director: Luc Jacquet

Documentary (Short Film )

Presented by Terrence Howard

A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin - Corinne Marrinan, Eric Simonson


Presented by Zhang Ziyi

Hughes Winborne - L.A. Crash (Crash )

Foreign Language Film

Presented by Will Smith

Tsotsi by Gavin Hood - South Africa


Presented by Steve Carell and Will Ferrell

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe ( The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ) - Howard Berger, Tami Lane

Film Music ( Original Score )

Presented by Salma Hayek

Gustavo Santaolalla - Brokeback Mountain

Original Song (Original Song)

Presented by Queen Latifah

The individual performances were announced by Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lopez and Chris " Ludacris " Bridges.

Short Film ( Animated)

Presented by the figures " Chicken Little " and "Susie Schnatter " from the animated film Chicken Little (Chicken Little)

The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation - Directed by John Canemaker

Short Film ( Live Action )

Presented by Luke and Owen Wilson

Six Shooter - Martin McDonagh

Sound editor

Presented by Jennifer Garner

King Kong - Mike Hopkins, Ethan Van der Ryn

Sound re-

Presented by Jessica Alba and Eric Bana

King Kong - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek

Visual Effects

Presented by Ben Stiller

King Kong - Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers, Richard Taylor

Adapted Screenplay

Presented by Dustin Hoffman

Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana - Brokeback Mountain

Original Screenplay

Presented by Uma Thurman

Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco - Crash (Crash )

Honorary Oscars

Honorary Award

Presented by Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep

  • Robert Altman

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Presented by Rachel McAdams

  • Gary Demos

This award was presented during the ceremony of the Scientific and Technical Awards on February 18.